Queens­land on Red alert for Chee­tahs

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

A 50-POINT win usu­ally in­di­cates a team is do­ing some­thing right.

But re­turn­ing Queens­land cap­tain James Hor­will claimed the Reds would use Satur­day’s Su­per Rugby clash against the Chee­tahs as a chance to get their game in or­der.

Rather than dwell on their 53-3 thump­ing of new­com­ers Mel­bourne, Hor­will was more pre­oc­cu­pied by the game tape of the Chee­tahs’ shock 23-3 week­end win over NSW Waratahs in Syd­ney, as he pre­pared for his re­turn.

Hor­will – back from a two-week battle with an an­kle com­plaint – was pleased with the Reds’ 3-1 sea­son start, all against Aus­tralian teams.

How­ever, he hinted that the real lit­mus test loomed in their leg against the more phys­i­cal South African teams, start­ing with sur­prise pack­ets the Chee­tahs.

Af­ter Satur­day’s clash, the Reds travel to South Africa to take on the Lions ( Jo­han­nes­burg, April 2) and the Storm­ers ( Cape Town, April 10) be­fore re­turn­ing to host the Bulls ( April 16).

‘‘ The per­for­mance against the Rebels on the week­end was good but we know it wasn’t a per­fect or com­plete per­for­mance,’’ Hor­will said.

‘‘ We need to be bet­ter again to beat the Chee­tahs – we aren’t where we want to be.’’

The Chee­tahs marked their first win over­seas against early pace set­ters NSW. ‘‘ They cer­tainly sur­prised the Waratahs, that’s for sure,’’ Hor­will said on Tues­day.

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